Sicko, ‘Health Care America’ and Apco


Did you know that Apco was created in 1984 as a wholly owned subsidiary of the Washington, DC-based law firm of Arnold & Porter?

Now, it has been reported, Apco played a behind-the-scenes role in the debate over universal health care vs private health care/private health insurance in the United States.

When award-winning film-maker Michael Moore came out with the acclaimed documentary Sicko advocating universal health care for all, the health insurance industry in the United States panicked.

Enter ‘Health Care America’, a front organisation set up to churn out propaganda to counter Moore’s documentary. This organisation was touted as a consumer health care group and quoted by the New York Times and other publications and the media. But who was actually behind Health Care America?

Democracy Now! interviews a health insurance industry whistle-blower here. Notice his mention of Apco.

Now, go to Source Watch to find ‘Bill Pierce’ listed as a media contact for ‘Health Care America’.

And then, meet William Pierce on the Apco Worldwide website here.

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18 Nov 2010 9.52pm

Want to know why health care insurance industry want you insured? Reason: Spiralling health care costs. Ditto? It depends on what is the TRUTH or hanky-panky behind it. Insurance agents would want you insured to the max of your earning ability’s disposable income based on this ONE reason – spiraling health care costs. BIG QUESTION: Why is health care cost spiraling? Why spiraling so fast? Increases in specialists’ salaries, pharmacists’ salaries, nurses’ salaries, clerks’ salaries, medicines, Medicare, ambulance vehicle costs and maintenances, TV sets, meals, toilet rolls, dustbins, plants, death cert claims, etc, etc.? But the rate of increase in… Read more »

Phua Kai Lit
Phua Kai Lit
18 Nov 2010 3.53pm

You can fool some of the people some of the time.
But you can’t fool all of the people all of the time.

19 Nov 2010 11.14am
Reply to  Phua Kai Lit

The problem is how many of us care or dare to dig out the truth?
Most would prefer to be ‘chin chai’ (being ignorantly indifferent) than to take the trouble to fight for one’s consumer rights.
The high percentages of timid ignorant consumers would encourage any wayward insurance and health care industry to indignantly leech us dry of our money, savings and lives.

Michael Moore is the few exception – a thorn in the side of insurance and health care industry.

18 Nov 2010 3.04pm

Off topic Anil but please follow up on the plight of K. Selvach Santhiran (please check spelling), the brave soul who would have stood witness to another sad case of a detainee meeting his maker while under custody. It has been almost a week now, the poor bloke being abducted in front of the entire family, while breaking news as of now, has Selvach being placed under 60 day detention (emergency ordinance). We can only suspect the worse, – Whatever the case, such brazen act of intimidation must be STOPPED – no matter, the media silence – the IGP, Home… Read more »

18 Nov 2010 12.36pm

yup and they’re out to get Obama too.

18 Nov 2010 11.54am

This nailed APCO as a professional dirty trick operator that sells service to the unholy.